Chelsea chief supports Benitez

Chelsea club secretary David Barnard believes Rafa Benitez deserves more credit for his success in cup competitions this season.

Last Updated: 12/04/13 at 15:50 Post Comment

Rafa Benitez: Praised by Chelsea club secretary David Barnard

Rafa Benitez: Praised by Chelsea club secretary David Barnard

The Blues reached the semi-finals of the Europa League on Thursday and they face Manchester City this weekend in the last four of the FA Cup at Wembley having already reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup this term.

Benitez's side have been drawn against Swiss outfit Basel in the semi-finals of the Europa League as they look to follow up last season's Champions League success with another European trophy.

The Spaniard has come under fire for some of his team selections as he tries to juggle the cup competitions with the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League and Barnard feels Benitez deserves praise for what he has done so far at Stamford Bridge.

"Credit must go to Rafa," Barnard told Sky Sports News. "Some people have actually criticised some of his team selections, but to be actually in two semi-finals then he must be doing something right."

Barnard admitted Basel were the team they were hoping to draw in the semi-finals of the Europa League despite the Swiss side showing their worth by knocking out Tottenham in the quarter-finals.

"I think before the draw was made we would have hoped for Basel having known both Benfica and Fenerbahce, but then Basel have just put out our colleagues from the Premier League Tottenham and were responsible last season for Manchester United not getting through the group stage [in the Champions League] so it is going to be a tough game."

Barnard is hoping Chelsea can create a bit of history by becoming the first English team to win all three European trophies having already won the European Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup in the past.

He continued: "If we were to do that it would be there in tablets of stone and cannot be changed and if we play in the final of the Europa League final we will still be holders of the Champions League so we could be holders of both trophies at the same time."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

AFCON round-up: Ivory Coast and Ghana make semi-finals

Ivory Coast and Ghana both qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after beating Algeria and Guinea respectively on Sunday.

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload trio and sign a player on loan

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company